Tag: History

The Man in Grey | 1943 | Margaret Lockwood, Phyllis Calvert

James Mason attributed his success as the sadistic 18th-century aristocrat Lord Rohan in this melodrama to ‘sheer bad temper’ at the aggravation during shooting. The film made him a superstar and embarked Gainsborough Studios on a...

The Cruel Sea | 1953 | Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden

Based on Nicholas Monsarrat’s best selling novel, which was in turn derived from his experiences on the North Sea convoys, The Cruel Sea is set in the middle of ‘the battle of the Atlantic’, as the U-boats attempted to destroy...

A Night to Remember | 1958 | Kenneth More, Ronald Allen

A pretty accurate re-creation of the big ship Titanic’s sinking, with Kenneth More and Robert Ayres among those trying to remain stiff-upper-lipped as the vessel goes down and the rescue is apparently bungled, with no lifeboats returned and...

Becket | 1964 | Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole

Two of the finest actors of their generation, Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole, square off in this splendid production of Jean Anouilh’s 1959 play. The lifelong friendship of Henry II and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, is...

Captain Boycott | 1947 | Stewart Granger, Kathleen Ryan

Fine performances from an ensemble cast, which includes Robert Donat in a cameo, enliven this basically humdrum historical drama. Inspired by the fight of Irish farmers against the wealthy landowners trying to kick them off their land, Captain...

Valentino | 1977 | Rudolf Nureyev, Leslie Caron,

Ken Russell’s biopic of Rudolph Valentino, one of the silent era’s greats, is not a patch on the numerous biographies with which he made his name in the early 1970s. Told in flashback at Valentino’s funeral, this episodic film...

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